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Walking in Dublin   Leave a comment

Put on my green pump shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of my Dublin crew
In the middle of the pouring rain
Daniel O’Connell, won’t you look down over me
Yeah, I got a first class ticket
An’ I’m as green as a girl can be


Then I’m walking in Dublin
Walking with James Joyce striding at my heels
Walking in Dublin
But do I really feel the way I feel?

With many apologies to Marc Cohn

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Dublin Mardi Gras Primpfest   1 comment

Conan has many skills ….

I went wandering through Dublin last night, and discovered that I had been gone for quite a while. The owners are revamping the sim again, moving backward (in a sense) to a sort of composite of what was in the old Dublin 1 and 2. (Don’t get yourself into a lather with worry — the Blarney Stone is still there, with all its programming.) And it was a joy to me to find that they had brought back (in a more up-to-date fashion and under a new name) the little hole-in-the-wall barbershop that had so enchanted me in my early days. It’s bigger to a degree, but it’s still down a flight of stairs from the upper area, still with retro posters and paintings and hairstyle photos.

Take a look some time at the “new” Dublin, and hopefully enjoy all the old goodies they’ve brought back, as well as some new ones. Be careful about going into some of the doors, however, as there are some spots that have solid thief doors hanging down a little. You may get your way in; but I was almost trapped inside the local post office. I had to double-click my way out (and discovered that Dublin now has point-to-point teleport disabled).

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The details:

  • Head: LAQ Noelle 3.06 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista Prohands 2
  • Eyes: IKON Hope (Royal)
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Celia
  • Nails: Astralia nails system
  • Dress: Hucci Beleuli (available at Uber through March 22)
  • Shoes: Hucci Caracol sandals (available at Uber through March 22)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey Lala in Love platinum wedding suite; Zuri Rayna Samantha set (necklace, earrings, bracelet); Kunglers Carly ring (ruby)
  • Makeup: alaskametro Space Unicorn set (Omega)

Photographed in the Green Rooster Barber Shop, Dublin

Saint Patrick’s Day 2014

Blarney Stone, Saint Patrick's Day 2014

What’s Saint Patrick’s Day in Second Life without at least one stop in the Dublin regions, especially the Blarney Stone?  I was there for a time today; and, while I couldn’t hear the music (a sound-card condition I plan to remedy with a new computer before this year goes out), I could see that everyone — more beyond this photo — were having a good time.  Whenever there’s something happening in the Dublins, you should get there; the DJs are great, whichever bar or venue you stop in at.

Turn the page for my March 17 dress.

Post 750 — Bloomsday, Dublin

It’s my 750th article for Around the Grid!  That’s pretty good longevity, I’d say.  I wanted to do something special for such an auspicious number, and the Writer’s Almanac stepped in with a convenient fact.  Today (June 16) is Bloomsday, the day depicted from beginning to end in James Joyce’s Ulysses.  So what better to do than to hang out for a time in the Blarney Stone in Second Life’s own Dublin, do a bit of a walking tour, and put something up on the blog?

The Wearin’ o’ the Green, SL 2009

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of those days that brings out the internationalist in you.  You could be from Pago Pago or Timbuktu, and it’d still be appropriate to wear a shamrock and shout “Erin go bragh!” to a passerby.  That’s certainly been happening in Second Life today, especially in the Dublin sectors.  It was a regular street party across the whole place, with music in the streets, a parade winding around the (virtual) River Liffey, and much downing of (virtual) Guinness.

I didn’t participate this year, though I braved the lag last year to hang out in the Blarney Stone in Dublin main region.  (How do I know what was going on?  I’m a group member at the Stone!)  Instead, I went to somewhere I haven’t visited before, the even more famous Straylight.  After all, Ireland is more than pubs; it’s also beautiful countryside, where the locals are said to recognize dozens more shades of green by eye than the rest of the world.  This poor benighted Dutch-American girl can’t say that — I can’t even recognize dozens of shades of orange, which would be more appropriate for a Dutch.  But I was happy to find spots where I could wear something green today.  (Click on the photos for larger images.)

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I found this lovely outfit at Nicky Ree, and it seemed both perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day, and versatile as well.  Unlike the decadent Lindens, who pop up at office hours in guises beyond belief, I’m old school; a business meeting demands a suit.  But it doesn’t have to be charcoal grey all the time, and the deep emerald of this creation shows that.  The long duster coat dress makes this piece excellent for meetings at all but the most conservative of get-togethers.  The grace note here are the shoes, which are Foxy wedges by Stiletto Moody.  I picked them up at her last sale, and I’m unsure if they’re still available.

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Want a different look?  Shorten the skirt, or even the pants (both are available in the set), and change your shoes to a pair of nice boots.  Now you have something that could still be worn to an office, but could also be worn to drinks and lunch on the town with a date.  But if that’s not enough….

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…then take off the jacket completely, and use the shorts option, along with those boots.  A change of jewelry as well, and now you’re ready for a party at the pub with your mates.  Raise a glass, and toast the Saint and his beloved Eireann in style!

The details:

  • Shape/skin/eyes:  my standard for this avatar
  • Hair:  Mirada Sarita (fiery red)
  • Nails:  Pixel Mode sculpted nails
  • Suit:  Nicky Ree Diana jacket dress and pants (green)
  • Jewelry, photo 1, 2:  Zaara Kaya (malachite/gold) bracelet, earrings and necklace
  • Jewelry, photo 3:  EarthStones Bullseye (citrine/silver) bracelet, earrings and necklace
  • Shoes, photo 1:  Stiletto Moody Foxy wedges
  • Shoes, photo 2, 3:  Detour Mistress boots (black)

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